An exploration into the history of subjugation, ...and darkness was upon the face of the deep weaves African-American slave songs, critiques of the American penal system and ruminations of technological dependence together into a continuously shifting soundscape. Timbres meld together, pushing ambiance into driving rhythms into spectral cacophony and back again.
The album draws upon the interests and aesthetic leanings of the
Baker-Barganier Duo, a chamber ensemble made up of New Renaissance artist Elizabeth A. Baker and composer/multi-instrumentalist Erich Barganier. The ensemble grew to explore the recently coined genre of New Renaissance art, a discipline that melds poetry, dance, music, experimental theater and more together in each work.
released July 21, 2017
Music by: Baker-Barganier Duo
Recording by: Elizabeth A. Baker
Cover Photo and Album Artwork: Natascha Johnson
Gabriel Kahane is often compared to Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright (both of whom he’s collaborated with in the past). It’s a lot to live up to, but to that already high bar I’ll add Ben Folds and Randy Newman, if only for Kahane’s similar sense of musical theatre, playful storytelling and ability to set … Continue reading Album of the Week: Where are the Arms → Bandcamp Album of the Day Dec 19, 2011